Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received in Cairo on Monday Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of the United States Central Command, where they discussed issues of mutual concern and bilateral cooperation.
The meeting, attended by Egypt's Army Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid and US Ambassador to Cairo Jonathan Cohen, addressed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation on the military, security and counterterrorism levels, as well as exchanging expertise.
The officials reviewed the latest developments concerning a number of issues at the regional level, including those related to the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, a presidential statement said.
The statement added that both sides agreed to pursue regular bilateral consultations and coordination on issues of common interest.
During the meeting, President El-Sisi highlighted the "special and deep-rooted strategic ties" between Egypt and the US, expressing his aspiration to continue to develop bilateral cooperation in all fields, particularly the two nations' well-established cooperation at the military level.
McKenzie affirmed his keenness to keep coordinating and consulting with Egypt on regional issues in light of the "robust" military relations between Egypt and the US, which he described as “substantial” in facing the current challenges that threaten the security and stability of the region.
McKenzie also underscored the "pivotal and major" role Egypt is playing in supporting peace and stability in its regional environment, especially the Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology, the statement noted.